It has reached the end of may and we are now in June and the AL Central Race has been just a two-sided affair with the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians being the top two teams in their division. It was expected that the White Sox would be a strong team, but Cleveland not so much after it looked like they were going to struggle this season.
The first place White Sox are leading the division by 4.5 games with a record of 42-25. It was expected that the White Sox were favorites to win their division as they have the best team in their division with players like Eloy Jimenez, Yermin Mercedes, Yasmani Grandal, Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu and co-leading the team to a fantastic start to the season.
But it’s not only the hitting the pitcher of Carlos Rodon, Lance Lynn, Dallas Keuchel, etc have been all amazing. Rodon pitched a no-hitter in April so that is a statement that their pitching is serious. Along with the free agency acquisition of Liam Hendriks, it will help the team even more.
The team that I thought wouldn’t have been second place is the Cleveland Indians, their All-Star pitcher Shane Bieber has been incredible these two months, Jose Ramirez has been productive and Franmil Reyes is also doing really well. With the loss of star shortstop Francisco Lindor, it looked like the Indians were heading towards a rebuilding phase as it looked like they were going to be able to afford to keep their star players. In the last few years, the Indians have traded or lost star players in the offseason, including Ace Trevor Bauer.
But May was pretty good for the Indians and they will be in the hunt for the division or possibly a wild card spot. Let’s see if the Indians can keep up their record and potentially make a post season run, but I honestly don’t think they have a chance to go the distance.
Next up are the Kansas City Royals who are under .500 with a record of 30-36 led by Brady Singer, Brad Keller, Jorge Soler, Andrew Benintendi, Adalberto Mondesi. The Royals are on the rise as their future looks bright, but as of right now they will not be looking to make the playoffs this year as I don’t believe they have the squad capable enough of making the playoffs. But definitely in the next 3-5 years, they will be a contender.
The Detroit Tigers with a record of 28-39, were expected to struggle for the coming future as they look to rebuild on their aging squad which still consists of Miguel Cabrera, Spencer Turnbull, Matthew Boyd all struggling this year except for Turnbull who actually threw a no-hitter as well. But it will be a rebuilding phase for the Tigers and their fans should expect the next 5-6 years to be quite disappointing as they will need to either look to free agency, farm system, and the draft to help strengthen this team.
The Minnesota Twins have really shocked everyone, including me with players that they have! They should be doing a lot better than being last place with a record of 26-41. Miguel Sano, Josh Donaldson, Jose Berrios, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler, etc have all been underperforming with this stacked team and should look to do a lot better. I can’t understand how this team went from playoff bound to last place in a matter of years after stacking up their lineup.
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